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Gang Wars: Blood and Guts in the Streets of Early New York Paperback – Jun 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Altitude Publishing (June 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552651053
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552651056
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 15.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,558,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Helena Katz is an award-winning Montreal journalist whose work has appeared in magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from McGill University and a Masters degree in criminology at the Universite de Montreal.

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Owney Madden ordered his men to take all the furniture in the apartment and pile it up against the front door. A policeman had just come by to order the members of the Gopher Gang to pipe down, and Madden was certain he'd be back - and that he wouldn't come alone. The leader of the Gophers wanted his men to be ready. Once the furniture was sufficiently piled, Madden looked out the window. Sure enough, a phalanx of policemen was coming down the street. Soon the voice of an officer could be heard on the other side of the door. The officer ordered Madden and his men to open up. They refused, and began to taunt the policeman instead. Undeterred, the officer banged his nightstick against the door, prompting one of the gang members to raise a gun and fire at him through the window. The glass shattered and the whole police squad fled. But not for long. A little while later, the same officer walked up to the front door and initiated an argument with Madden and his buddy, Tanner Smith. As Madden threatened and derided the officer, other members of the Gophers crowded around to listen - their leader's tirade was just too entertaining to miss. Suddenly, the gang members felt the powerful sting of clubs hitting them. That's when they realized that a couple of the cops had somehow gotten inside the apartment. Moments later, the rest of the squad crashed through the front door. The Gophers had nowhere to go.

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A great tome exposing how violent and crime-ridden the Good Old Days really were. If you're interested in reading a true account of "gangs of New York" in the 19th Century this is your book. A fascinating tome filled with reprehensible but memorable characters with names like Monk Eastman, Slobbery Jim, Cow-Legged Sam McCarthy and Mock Duck and gangs like the Dead Rabbits, the Plug Uglies and Five Pointers.
Helena has a great eye for detail, colour and quotes. A real treat for history buffs and True Crime fans alike.
Nate Hendley
Toronto, ON
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